- - Sunday, April 10, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has called for challenger John Kasich — who has only won his home state of Ohio and cannot mathematically accrue the number of delegates to win the Republican nomination — to drop out of the race. It’s obvious that Mr. Kasich is just hanging around to play the role of spoiler, hoping to keep Mr. Trump from reaching the pivotal 1,237 delegate count that would avert a brokered convention, which actually might be Mr. Kasich’s only prayer of capturing the nomination.

But I believe the problem with Mr. Kasich’s “Hail Mary” ploy is that it fails take into account Mr. Trump’s veiled threat to run as a third-party candidate should Mr. Trump begin to believe he will not receive the Republican nomination at the Convention this summer. If that were to happen, no Republican would have a prayer of winning the presidency.

If Mr. Kasich wants to keep his slim presidential aspirations alive, I suggest he initiate a private deal with Mr. Trump to drop out of the race and endorse Mr. Trump — with the stipulation that he will be named Mr. Trump’s vice-presidential candidate. With swing-state Ohio on the ticket and locked up for the GOP, being Mr. Trump’s vice president would put Mr. Kasich in perfect scoring position for the 2024 election cycle.

Mr. Kasich would essentially be duplicating former President George H.W. Bush’s 1980 strategy of becoming Ronald Reagan’s running mate and ultimately winning the presidency eight years later — with Mr. Reagan’s full support.

EUGENE R. DUNN



Medford, N.Y.

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